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Emotional rehabilitation should precede IMF, GSP politics

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 August 2009, 22:55 GMT]
If structural changes are what the West aims in the island of Sri Lanka through IMF and GSP+ loans, those cannot be achieved without first emotionally rehabilitating the Eezham Tamils. Emotional rehabilitation, which is fundamental to all other rehabilitation is possible only when the West openly acknowledges Eezham Tamils as a nation and their cause as a national liberation struggle, says TamilNet political commentator in Colombo. “Tamils are deeply hurt by IMF and Indian assistance to Colombo failing to take note of this fact, the commentator said, adding that the GSP+ should not make the same mistake.

By abstaining the IMF voting the West has indirectly helped the approval of the loan to Colombo. Now there are proposals that the EU should consider GSP+ assistance too. The call for investigation of war crimes may serve political purposes of the West but this will not address the fundamental expectations of Eezham Tamils, the commentator said.

His further comments follow:

The West has to consider the long history of betrayal and the explicit ways in which the Sinhala state has embarked upon the structural genocide of Eezham Tamils.

The long legacy of international failure, spanning over half a century, in not recognising the genocidal oppression in the island and the nationalist dimensions of the struggle of Eezham Tamils have immensely contributed to the present mess.

When nothing is resolved but only gone deep into a military subjugation, the attitude of the West and India in pretending that the war is over, national question of Eezham Tamils doesn’t exist anymore and now the way out is to promote the ‘victors’, will only resume war at some stage.

International recognition of the nationhood of Eezham Tamils and guaranteeing its self-determination is the only way possible in the context of the island to save a nation from genocide and for any stability in the island aspired by the powers.

Such a recognition and guarantee emotionally rehabilitating the war-torn Tamils could only lead them into a healthy political process, if that is what the powers want.

The diaspora has a responsibility in reminding that it is positively addressing the Tamil national question and not cosmetic calls for human rights that is integral to the interests of the West in the island.


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